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Eastern Iowa National Guard unit to be deployed to fight Ebola

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The spread of the deadly Ebola virus has risen to the level where U.S. Armed Forces have become involved, including the possible deployment of a unit in eastern Iowa.

About 80 soldiers from the 294th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC), Iowa National Guard based in Washington, will respond to the deadly outbreak in West Africa.

"We're an Army National Guard unit, we stand ready to deploy," said Sgt. 1st Class Rob Radosevich, of the Iowa National Guard. "We will be treating U.S. personnel only. DOD [Department of Defense] civilians, maybe some coalition forces from other countries, but we will have no direct contact with the local populace."

The company is a full-spectrum medical support operation, meaning they have a team of doctors, dentists, and other medical experts that will only treat U.S. Armed Forces over there.

Radosevich says the U.S. Army Medical Command will provide equipment and have each soldier undergo some form of a very detailed list of trainings, and could include sanitation and preventative measures to keep Ebola from infecting them.

"The basic design is to help prevent any infection on our part," said Radosevich. "What that is, I don't really know. We have been told that there is a very specific training protocol that all members of this unit and probably all the units will be there.

The trainings will take place some time before their pending deployment in Spring 2015.

The potential mobilization will include about 2,100 soldiers from six different states.

In 2009, 294th ASMC were deployed to give medical support during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"The biggest thing to highlight is the fact that we are there in support of the other u-s forces and we're not in direct care of the populace, the infected populace, or the ones that are not. we will just be dealing with our U.S. forces," said Radosevich.

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